EMPIRE, Shannon Nab Golden Globe Noms

EMPIRE, Shannon Nab Golden Globe Noms

On the heels of its first-ever Grammy nomination, the Chicago-made ratings king EMPIRE has reeled in the coveted Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Series Drama plus a Best Actress nod for star Taraji P. Henson. And the show is not the only Chicago gem in the mix, as native and A Red Orchid Theatre Company mainstay Michael Shannon earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his work in the Sundance drama 99 HOMES.

The hip-hop all-star drama, which rolled out for its midseason break last week with 11.5 million viewers in tow, continues to top expectations in its sophomore season.

As for Shannon, currently in Chicago performing in PILGRIM'S PROGRESS with A Red Orchid Theatre, of which he is a longtime ensemble member, he found out about the nomination rather abruptly.

“I had just dropped off my daughter off at school and I went and as I walked out of the coffee place, my phone started blowing up,” the actor told the New York Daily News. “I'm not going to lie, I worked my butt off for the part, so it's nice to get a pat on the back for it,” adds Shannon, who played a morally bankrupt real estate eviction agent taking advantage of foreclosures in the film.

“But I don't walk into a film job thinking about awards. I walked into 99 HOMES just thinking this is a really important movie that's way overdue.” Click here to pre-order the film, out on VOD in February.

As for Shannon's show at A Red Orchid, it closes this weekend and is way sold out but nevertheless, here is the info for the show and hey, it's the holidays, go ahead and support great storefront theatre companies like A Red Orchid with a donation, why dontcha?

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Last but not least, here's a little factoid for you cinegeeks: there's ANOTHER Midwest-made production in the Golden Globe mix, can you guess which one? CAROL, which leads the pack with five nominations. Though set in 1950's New York, the drama was almost entirely filmed in the friendly state of Ohio. And kudos to my pal and fellow Chicagoan Mike Ward for landing a role in the film... and making the cut!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.